The majority opinion on the RuNet appears to be that the coup in Turkey on Friday was a sham organised by Erdoğan to take out his opponents. What appears to drive this feeling is that the Turkish forces never had an unsuccessful coup in the past. Say what you will about the Kemalist officers who run the army, they’re tough, competent, and focused. They’re also secularist to the bone. The “coup” appeared to have little planning, small and insufficient forces deployed, and no apparent aims… all of which point to the main general staff (and the bulk of the officer corps) not being involved. When one notices the mass arrest of those not involved in the “coup” and the possible reinstatement of the death penalty, it’s clear to most that Erdoğan is using this as an excuse to purge the government and forces of his opponents. Ergo, most voices on the RuNet believe the “coup” to have been a phoney from top to bottom. I tend to agree… it’s so badly done that it’s clear that Langley wasn’t involved… they ARE competent at coups, they did get rid of Mossadegh and Allende, didn’t they?
Turkey is in for a long night… unless a REAL coup happens, which isn’t off the cards. God do have mercy on the Turkish people…